HC Deb 07 July 1919 vol 117 cc1407-8W

asked the Food Controller whether his attention has been called to the statement made by the Stepney Borough Council to the effect that they have lying at the various wharves in their borough some 36,000 sacks of potatoes, which are in a decomposed and offensive condition and are causing a nuisance to the inhabitants of the district; what action he has taken to have these destroyed; and is he also willing to consider the advisability of allowing surplus stocks of foods to be disposed of at low prices rather than be kept until they spoil?


My attention had not been called to the statement referred to, but I am aware that during the recent spell of hot weather a number of bags of potatoes arrived at the London Wharves in questionable condition. Prompt action was taken to have the potatoes re-sorted and re-bagged, and to destroy the small quantity which was unsound. In reply to the third part where there is a prospect of potatoes spoiling steps are taken to dispose of the stocks at reduced prices.